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IPL Auction 2017: Mohammad Siraj’s Journey From Rs 500 to Rs 2.6 Crore

The first thing in Mohammad Siraj’s mind is to buy a house for his father and mother in a good Hyderabad locality. Why wouldn’t he? Siraj has landed a whopping deal of Rs 2.6 crore with Sunrisers Hyderabad. IPL auction was held on Monday at Ritz Calton hotel at Bangalore.
Mohammad Siraj was on cloud 9 when he landed a deal of Rs 2.6 crore. Thanks to brilliant first call season that saw him get India A. Coming from a lower middle family, Siraj wants to fulfill his parents’ dream. With this whopping amount, he wants to buy his parents house.

Mohammad Siraj’s journey

“Today, I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over a game. My uncle was so happy he gave me ₹ 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to ₹ 2.6 crores, I just went numb,” Siraj said.
For the speedster, his progress was a gradual one. He didn’t take any training and was self-taught.
Since I started from tennis ball cricket, I am self-taught. I had pace but tennis ball cricket teaches you to bowl in blockholes. Then I played Hyderabad U22, Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare and then Ranji Trophy followed by India ‘A’. I have taken one step at a time. Next is IPL followed by the senior national team,” said Siraj.
Mohammad Siraj shared his father’s hard work in making him a professional cricketer.
“Mere walid saab (Father) ne bahot mehnat ki hain. He drove auto all these years but never let financial pressure of the family affect me or my elder brother. A bowling spikes costs a lot and he would just get the best for me. I want to buy a house for them now in a good locality,” an emotional Siraj said.
Siraj further added,“My parents have seen hard days. Today my elder brother is a software engineer in a reputed IT firm. I didn’t have interest in studies and my mother would bash me up giving my elder brother’s example. But today she’s on top of the world,”
It is a big plus point for Mohammad Siraj to share the dressing room with VVS Laxman as a mentor and captained by David Warner is a big plus.
“As a youngster, I would like to learn everything I can. Laxman sir is there and I would get a chance to interact with a player of David Warner’s stature,” concluded Siraj.

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